Gaming is Changing

I used to like console gaming because systems rarely/never costed more than $300, it was simple, and everybody had the same stuff. There were no expensive HDTVs, broadband-requiring/expensive online play, the fanciest peripheral was the rumble pack, and your console didn't do anything except light up a power light if there was no game in it.

I'm not rich, my parents have never owned a house, and with all the fancy crap that consoles require and do today, I can't afford even a Wii (not that I'd want one, the novelty has worn off).

I'm not saying all these improvements in gaming are bad, but for someone like me, I just don't have the money for a shiny new 360, or even high-speed internet (I live on an acerage and there's no cable in the country) for online muiltiplayer/communication.

For now, I'll just have to fondly remember having home tournaments playing Star Wars Episode 1 Pod-Racer on N64 with my friends.

What do YOU think about gaming today?

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PoisonedV10 years ago
PS3 is a sorry mockery of the PS2. The Wii is a great system with game design that falls short. The Xbox 360 is full of frat boy and generic teenagers games like Halo, and bad GTA clones. I love my PC. 2D gaming, 3D gaming, freeware, oh not to mention it plays DVD's, cd's can download music, browse the web, and you can code on it! Beat that, ps3.
The PS3 can do all that if you hack it and run YellowDog Linux on it. =P But I don't have a PS3 and have no intentions of getting one. PC ftw.
teaaddict31410 years ago
i really have been thinking about getting a 360. it looks good and it looks like its better than a prob get either the elite or the halo 3 version.. anyways i think paying for consoles is worth it because it costs so much more to keep computers up to date...a console will last you 2-5 years when a new video card for your computer will last you 2-5 minutes.
got a question, if i wanted to get a 360, would the arcade version be a good idear? i know it doesn't have a hard drive, but it has memory cards, which could take place of the hard drive.
Yeah, I have the arcade and it's fine if you just want to play your games. If you want to use XBL then you might want a hard drive, but it's very good value for money, much better than the old Core.
The nice thing with the Xbox is you can go buy a 250GB Laptop hard drive for $50 and slap it in there.
Aeshir (author)  Lyokoking997 years ago
No, that's not true at all. You can't just slap it in there, and you really have to get your haXXor on to mod it in.
Aeshir (author)  teaaddict31410 years ago
Consoles aren't ever up to date. The most powerful console out now is the PS3, which is based off of two year old hardware. With PCs you can customize graphics to compensate for old hardware.
Nor are computers. If you go and buy the bestest most greatest thing out on the market, the next day they will have something better. The controls on the pc are kinda weird too. Too many buttons with too many functions.
Aeshir (author)  Doctor What10 years ago
The controls on the PC are fine. They're far more accurate (not for all games of course, but they are much better for shooters). On the PC you can customize your controls too. On the other hand, games such as Lego Star Wars on the PC only let you play with a gamepad. Some games just work better with a controller. PC gaming is not about having the best parts. Maximum PC, a PC magazine I read, builds an annual "Dream Machine", made of all the best parts money can buy. This year's dream machine costed 11 thousand dollars. Just because something big and new comes out every 3 or 4 months, doesn't mean you have to buy it. If you're really into PC gaming, you upgrade regularly, but NOBODY (except say Bill Gates or something) goes out and buys everything new. It just doesn't work like that.
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